Rebels win on Allen’s walkoff; Bulldogs roll

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OXFORD – Will Allen came up with a bases-loaded single with two outs in the ninth to push Ole Miss (8-1) to a 4-3 walk-off win over Louisiana-Monroe on (4-5) Wednesday night at Swayze Field.

Brantley Bell led off the ninth with a single. After intentional walks to Auston Bousfield and Austin Anderson, Allen sent the first pitch he saw through the left side to score Bell.

Jeremy Massie threw five no-hit innings in his first start for Ole Miss (8-1). Cheyne Bickel (1-1) earned the win after pitching 21⁄3 innings.

“It was a tough day to play baseball,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “I’m proud of the way we played. Jeremy Massie was outstanding. All the pitchers were outstanding, except for (Evan) Anderson’s tough inning. Laxer came in and made it look easy with the 1-2-3 inning.”

Ole Miss got off to a quick start, scoring in the first when Braxton Lee scored from second on a ground ball to short from Bousfield.

The Rebels went up 2-0 in the fourth on Lee’s RBI double to score Colby Bortles.

The Warhawks (4-5) scored three runs in the seventh after an error and a wild pitch.

Bortles’ groundout in the eighth scored Cameron Dishon to tie the game at 3-3.

Ole Miss begins a three-game set with Central Florida at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

MSU cruises

STARKVILLE – Senior Demarcus Henderson, redshirt junior Wes Rea and senior Brett Pirtle each tallied two RBIs as Mississippi State beat Mt. Saint Mary’s 10-1 on Wednesday at Dudy Noble field.

In his first career start on the mound, right-hander Preston Brown, a redshirt sophomore, struck out seven batters in six innings of work. He surrendered one unearned run on two hits.

Junior Will Cox (Amory) three three scoreless innings, striking out six.

The duo of Brown and Cox combined to record 26 of the 27 outs via a ground ball or strikeout. Gavin Collins threw out a runner attempting to steal second.

Freshman Reid Humphreys, senior Alex Detz and junior Seth Heck each drove in a run. Pirtle was 3 of 5 at the plate. Derrick Armstrong and Collins each had two hits and scored two runs.

Mississippi State (6-4) opens the Diamond Classic at Dudy Noble at 6:30 p.m. Friday against Michigan State. Eastern Illinois will also participate in the three-day event.

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